Jeff Bergman

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Jeff Bergman
Born (1960-07-10) July 10, 1960 (age 61)
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh
OccupationVoice actor
Years active1986–present

Jeff Bergman (born July 10, 1960[1][2]) is an American voice actor who has provided the modern-day voices of various classic cartoon characters, most notably with Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters.

Bergman was the first to replace Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and several other Warner Bros. cartoon characters following Blanc's death in 1989. Bergman alternated with Joe Alaskey and Greg Burson before their respective deaths in 2016 and 2008, and with Eric Bauza, in voicing several of Blanc's characters for various Warner Bros. Animation productions.

Early life[edit]

Bergman was born on July 10, 1960, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] Throughout his early life, he impersonated several celebrities and cartoon characters, his first impression being comic influence Ed Sullivan at the age of 6. At the age of 15, Bergman began doing impressions of various Looney Tunes characters. He studied theater and communications at the University of Pittsburgh where he first did voice work when he got involved with a student-run radio station and interned at KQV and WDVE radio stations in Pittsburgh.[2][3] While there, he made his first demo reel and was profiled in a story on KDKA-TV's Evening Magazine. The story was picked up on similar TV news magazines shows and helped land him his representation with William Morris Agency following his graduation from Pitt in 1983. During his time at Pitt, he encountered voice actor and comedian Mel Blanc, who was best known for voicing groundbreaking animated characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety, and Barney Rubble. They met in Blanc's hotel room in 1981, where Bergman voiced Blanc's characters for him, earning himself a 45-minute session. Bergman credits Blanc with helping him gain his diploma two years later.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Bergman voiced the Pillsbury Doughboy following Paul Frees' death in 1986 to 2013. Bergman's work with Warner Bros. began in 1986, recording voices for The Bugs Bunny Show. After being rebuffed several times by Warner Bros. directors, he recorded a tape of himself as several of Blanc's characters, including Bugs Bunny. He took the tape to the production company and used a switch to toggle back and forth between his work and the original Mel Blanc recording. The producers were unable to tell the difference between the voices,[citation needed] and Bergman, at the age of 29, became the first performer to provide the voice of Bugs Bunny after Mel Blanc died on July 10, 1989 – Bergman's 29th birthday.[2]

His first performance as Bugs Bunny, as well as Daffy Duck, was in the 1990 TV specials Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue and The Earth Day Special (also voicing Tweety Bird and Porky Pig in the latter), Bugs's first in over 25 years. Bergman later voiced Bugs and Daffy again as well as Elmer Fudd in the 1991 short Box-Office Bunny. He voiced Bugs, Daffy, Elmer and Yosemite Sam in the 1991 short (Blooper) Bunny, as well as several characters (including Sylvester the Cat and Foghorn Leghorn) in animated TV specials and newer animated series' such as Tiny Toon Adventures and The Plucky Duck Show. He also lent his voice to Bugs, Daffy and Porky in the animated sequences of Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

Outside of Looney Tunes, Bergman also voiced George Jetson in the theme park attraction The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. Bergman later conceded that he had begun promoting himself as the new official voice of the Looney Tunes characters. Warner Bros. took exception to this and, to avoid repeating the stranglehold of Mel Blanc's exclusivity,[4] began using other voice actors such as Joe Alaskey (who was the first person to replace Blanc as the voice of Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988), Greg Burson, Billy West and Blanc's son Noel Blanc.

Throughout the 2000s, Bergman kept himself busy by voicing various Hanna-Barbera characters, namely Fred Flintstone, in newer specials such as The Flintstones: On the Rocks, only rarely returning to the voices of the Looney Tunes in times when Alaskey and West were not available. In 2003, he voiced Bugs in a sketch on the NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live. Eventually, after almost 20 years, and after sporadically appearing as the Looney Tunes characters for nearly two decades, he returned as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester the Cat, Pepé Le Pew and Tweety in 2011's The Looney Tunes Show. He also returned for the 2015 series New Looney Tunes, voicing Bugs, Foghorn, Sylvester and Elmer Fudd, as well as other minor characters such as Michigan J. Frog. He also voices some characters in Looney Tunes Cartoons; Eric Bauza voices Bugs, Daffy, and Tweety for that series, with Bergman handling Foghorn, Sylvester and Elmer Fudd.

Bergman also voiced George Jetson and Mr. Spacely in Jetsons: The Movie when their previous voice actors George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc both died during production – he had been working at his local radio station in Pennsylvania when he received the call to travel to California and complete the dialogue. Bergman is a recurring cast member on Family Guy, usually voicing Fred Flintstone and Sylvester the Cat, as well as The Cleveland Show and American Dad!. He also gave a voice sample for a character in the 2011 Spyro game, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

From 2000 until 2015, Bergman was also the voice of Turner Broadcasting's Boomerang.

Bergman had a recurring role as a radio intern Gus Kahana on the AMC comedy-drama Remember WENN, which aired in the late 1990s.[3] He also voiced Zap in Skylanders: Giants, Skylanders: Swap Force, Skylanders: Trap Team, Skylanders: SuperChargers, and Skylanders: Imaginators.

Bergman is the new voice of Eustace Bagge in the upcoming Courage the Cowardly Dog/Scooby-Doo crossover, Straight Out of Nowhere, filling in for the previous artists, the late Lionel Wilson and the late Arthur Anderson.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

List of performances in film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera George Jetson
Ghosts
Police Chief
Short film
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Porky Pig
Looney Tunes segments
Jetsons: The Movie George Jetson
Mr. Spacely
Basketball Coach
Stand-in for George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc, after their deaths in 1989
Box-Office Bunny Bugs Bunny
Elmer Fudd
Daffy Duck
Short film
1991 (Blooper) Bunny Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
Short film
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
Porky Pig
Short film
1998 The Secret of Mulan Additional voices Direct-to-video
2006 Porky and Daffy in the William Tell Overture Porky Pig Short film
2010 Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes Butch
Droopy
Direct-to-video
2010 Despicable Me Additional Voices
2012 Big Miracle Ronald Reagan
2012 Foodfight! Charlie Tuna
2013 Despicable Me 2 Additional Voices
2014 The Lego Movie Additional Voices
2015 The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Fred Flintstone[5] Direct-to-video
Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Foghorn Leghorn
Pepé Le Pew
Direct-to-video
2016 Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders The Joker Direct-to-video
2017 The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! George Jetson
Mr. Spacely
Direct-to-video
2017 Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Droopy, American Reporter Direct-to-video
2017 Batman vs. Two-Face The Joker, Bookworm and Desmond Dumas
2017 Despicable Me 3 Additional Voices
2021 Tom & Jerry Droopy Uncredited
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Yogi Bear, and Fred Flintstone [6][7][8]
2021 Straight Out of Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog Eustace Bagge Direct-to-video

Television[edit]

List of performances on television
Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Bugs Bunny Show Additional Voices
1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
TV short, first to voice after Blanc's death
The Earth Day Special Bugs Bunny
Tweety
Porky Pig
1990–1991 Tiny Toon Adventures Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Foghorn Leghorn
Elmer Fudd
Tasmanian Devil
Yosemite Sam
Sylvester
Tweety
Additional voices
1991 Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes Bugs Bunny
Pepé Le Pew
TV short
Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Porky Pig
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
Sylvester
Papa Bear
Mr. Meek
TV short
1992 Bugs Bunny's Creature Features Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
The Plucky Duck Show Foghorn Leghorn
Daffy Duck
Episodes: "A Quack in the Quarks"
"A Ditch in Time"
"Slugfest/Duck Dodgers Jr./Duck Trek"
1995–2000 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Additional voices
1996–1999 Doug Coach Spitz
2001 The Flintstones: On the Rocks Fred Flintstone
Parking Guard
Vendor
TV movie
The Jetsons: Father & Son Day George Jetson
Elroy Jetson
Mr. Cosmo Spacely
TV movie
2002 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law George Jetson
Bakov
Clown
Episode: "Shaggy Busted"
The Jetsons: The Best Son George Jetson
Elroy Jetson
Robot Boy
2003 Saturday Night Live Bugs Bunny
Viet Cong
Propaganda Skunk
Grape Ape
Episode: "Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite"
Cartoon Network's Funniest Bloopers and Other Embarrassing Moments Porky Pig
Fred Flintstone
Barney Rubble
George Jetson
Foghorn Leghorn
Barnyard Dawg
Henery Hawk
TV short
2004 Johnny Bravo Fred Flintstone Episode: "Wilderness Protection Program/A Page Right Out of History"
2005 Being Ian Additional Voices Episode: "The Kelleys"
2006–present Family Guy Fred Flintstone
Sylvester the Cat
Max Weinstein
Victor
Homer Simpson
2007 Totally Spies! Dr. Seth Douglass 34 episodes
2008, 2009 Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Host
Fred Flintstone
Episodes: "A Dog on the $25,000 Pyramid"
"Fred and Barney Try to Get Into a Club"
2010 The Cleveland Show Alda-nator
Garrison Keillor
Episodes: "Love Rollercoaster"
"Buried Pleasure"
2011–2014 The Looney Tunes Show Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Sylvester
Tweety
Foghorn Leghorn
Pepé Le Pew
Girardi
2012 Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
2013–present Teen Titans Go! Tucker X, Ace Mulligan, Larry Burgess, Horace Tutt, Jr. 45 episodes
2013 Mad Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
James P. Sullivan
Dan Schneider
Episodes: "First White House Down/McDuck Dynasty"
"Iron Bland 3/Monsters Community"
"World War ZZZ/SHAZAM! & Cat"
2014 Rick and Morty Additional voices Episode: "Rixty Minutes"
Phineas and Ferb Additional voices Episode: "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum"
Mike Tyson Mysteries Elton John (Episode 3)
Elon Musk (Episode 3)
Robert Redford (Episode 4)
The Phantasm (Episode 39)
Voice
2015–2020 New Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny
Sylvester
Foghorn Leghorn
Elmer Fudd
Michigan J. Frog
Boyd (Season 2)
Poochini
Voice[9]
2016 Uncle Grandpa Bugs Bunny Episode: "Pizza Eve"
American Dad Additional voices Episode: "Next of Pin"
2016–2018 Bunnicula Mike Myers 104 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Graffiti Cop #1 (voice) Episode: "Bread Is Bread"
2017 Chuck's Choice G'Dook, G'nooki Main role; Episode: "The Good, The Bad and The UD"
2017 True and the Rainbow Kingdom Robot Maximus
2018–2020 Rusty Rivets Frankford
2018 We Bare Bears Narrator Episode: "El Oso"
2018–2020 Our Cartoon President Donald Trump
Lou Dobbs
Joe Biden
Bill de Blasio
John F. Kennedy
voice
2019 Amphibia Jonah
Additional voices
Episode: "Cracking Mrs. Croaker"
2019 The Loud House Additional Voices Episode: "Friended! with the Casagrandes"
2020 Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs Fred Flintstone Voice
2020–present Looney Tunes Cartoons Sylvester
Elmer Fudd
Foghorn Leghorn
Ralph Wolf
Voice
2020 Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous Mr. DNA Voice
2021 Jellystone! Yogi Bear
Wally Gator
Mr. Jinks
Lippy the Lion
Voice

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Taz-Mania Tasmanian Devil Sega Genesis version
1994 Flintstones/Jetsons: Timewarp Fred Flintstone
Barney Rubble
George Jetson
Mr. Spacely
Officer
Muscle Trainer 3000
Interstellar Express Ship
R.U.D.I.
Ring Salesman
Office Worker
Spacely's Sprockets Computer
Caveman
Caveman Tourist
[10][11]
Taz in Escape from Mars Tasmanian Devil
2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Zap
2012 The Expendables 2 Videogame Barney Ross
Skylanders: Giants Zap
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Zap
2014 Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes: Cartoon Universe Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Foghorn Leghorn
Sylvester
Skylanders: Trap Team Zap
Looney Tunes Dash! Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Yosemite Sam
Tweety
Sylvester
Tasmanian Devil
Foghorn Leghorn
Beaky Buzzard
[12]
2015 The Flintstones Fred Flintstone
Barney Rubble
Slot machine[13]
Skylanders: SuperChargers Zap [14]
2016 Ice Age: Arctic Blast Manny [15]
Skylanders: Imaginators Zap
2018 Lego The Incredibles Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible [16]
The Flintstones: Welcome to Bedrock Fred Flintstone
Barney Rubble
Slot machine[17]
Yogi Bear Yogi Bear
Ranger Smith
Slot machine[18][19]
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ronald Reagan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeff Bergman (visual voices guide)". Behind the Voice Actors.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bergman, Jeff (January 30, 2013). "Episode: 9: Jeff Bergman interview (Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck in The Looney Tunes Show)". Luminary (Interview). Interviewed by Tim Nydell. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Owen, Rob (May 1, 2011). "Pitt grad voices Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck on Cartoon Network". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA.
  4. ^ That's Still Not All Folks! 2009, by Joe Alaskey, page 96 ISBN 978-1593931124
  5. ^ The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! Closing Credits
  6. ^ Bergman, Jeff (Summer 2021). "Making A Good Impression". Pitt Magazine (Interview). Interviewed by Susan Wiedel. University of Pittsburgh. The movie stars LeBron James, Zendaya, Don Cheadle—and Bergman, of course, who voices Bugs Bunny, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Yogi Bear and Fred Flintstone.
  7. ^ Anderson, Jenna (October 1, 2020). "Jeff Bergman Talks Our Cartoon President, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and More". Comicbook. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Space Jam: A New Legacy - Trailer 1". YouTube.com. Warner Bros. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "Buddha Bugs/Now and Zen". Wabbit. Season 1. Episode 1. September 21, 2015. Cartoon Network.
  10. ^ "Flintstones/Jetsons: Timewarp". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "Flintstones vs. Jetsons – Timewarp Back". The world of CD-i. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  12. ^ "Looney Tunes Dash!". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  13. ^ "Flintstones Slot Machine from WMS Gaming". YouTube. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  14. ^ Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
  15. ^ "Ice Age: Arctic Blast". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "Lego The Incredibles". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  17. ^ "The Flintstones - Welcome to Bedrock". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  18. ^ "Yogi Bear Slot Machine Gameplay". YouTube. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  19. ^ "Yogi Bear Slot Machine". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved March 29, 2021.

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